Just in: Man arrested over O’Hare airport instrument theft
Really good news. People who steal instruments get caught. Breaking News : Commander Thomas Argenbright of the Ohara Airport Police called Harry Manx at 5pm Monday in Montreal to let him know they have apprehended the suspect of the theft of Harrys’ Mohan Veena in Chicago. As of that time the whereabouts of the instrument […]
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s show shuts early
It was always a tacky thing to make a musical out of the human miseries of the Profumo scandal, but the fallen Lord of the West End complains that he hasn’t had a hit in 20 years so he wasn’t going to be put off by such niceties. Stephen Ward opened before Christmas amid great […]
‘Hand of God’ supports Venezuela regime
Diego Maradona, multimillionaire and World Cup cheat, has sent the following message to the embattled Caracas government: Por todas las mentiras que están diciendo y creando los imperialistas. Yo estoy dispuesto a ser un soldado de Venezuela para lo que manden, porque la verdad estos señores, si se les puede decir señores, ya dan asco. For all […]
Venezuela singer-composer has died
Simón Díaz, famed the world over for Bamboleo, has died aged 85. He also wrote the locally popular “Caballo Viejo,” (Old Horse). In 2002, Diaz recorded a television song, asking Hugo Chavez to listen to his opponents, while reminding demonstrators that Chavez was elected by popular franchise.
Calculated snub? Karajan Prize is awarded to the Vienna Philharmonic
What comes round, comes round. The Baden-Baden Festpeilhaus has awarded its 50,000-Euro Herbert von Karajan Music Prize to the VPO. The fun begins when you read the official citation: Mit dem Herbert von Karajan Musikpreis wird 2014 ein Orchester ausgezeichnet, das wie kaum ein zweites Ensemble seinen ganz spezifischen Klang über viele Jahrzehnte hinweg bewahrt […]
Dresden wars: Thielemann hits back at ‘barking dog’ Dorny
The music director of the Semper Oper was accused by the sacked general director, Serge Dorny, of making unreasonable demands. Here‘s Christian Thielemann’s reply: (And here’s an update from his press conference). ‘Herr Dorny hat einen Vertrag unterschrieben, der von seinem Anwalt ausgehandelt wurde, und damit müsst’s eigentlich gut sein. (…) Wie es dazu […]
An epic Figaro has died
Nicolae Herlea, the Romanian baritone who sang Figaro in Rossini’s Barber of Seville more than 550 times, has died aged 86. He performed in all major opera houses with the leading conductors of his time. Report received: On Feb. 24 Nicolae Herlea, famous Romanian baritone, died surrounded by his family, in Frankfurt, Germany. Born in Bucharest, […]
Twitter’s favourite cellist reveals how little she earns from Spotify
Zoe Keating is an e-phenomenon. As @zoecello, she has 1.2 million twitter followers upon which she has built a touring career that is a paradigm for balancing live performance and social media. Today, she revealed the fruits of her labours in terms of annual earnings for 2o13. Click here to read the full document. In sum, […]
Pianist from Paris, France, takes road trip to Paris, Texas
I hadn’t come across Shani Diluka before her current release, but that may be because she was on the road. Sri Lankan born and based in France, Shani has put together a Kerouac journey across America in piano vignettes and a whiff of danger. It’s my Album of the week on sinfinimusic.com. Click here.
Lucerne opera house: it’s not over til the last lawyer drops
The rich man’s estate that was ordered to cough up $137 million on Friday to build an opera house in Lucerne is not giving up. A statement from the estate said that the judge’s award to Lucerne was ‘subject to feasibility’ and feaibility of a salle modulable (pictured) had yet to be proved in court. […]
The opera site that turns audience into catwalk stars
The Met, desperate to appear interactive, has hired fashion photographer Rose Callahan to scour its public areas for talent and use its audience as catwalk models. The opening shots are nothing less than a Manhattan eye-opener. Do not attend the Met under-dressed (as if you ever would). Enjoy.